Bookie Of Odds slot from Microgaming is a slot that’s based on another type of gambling, horse racing. This is a popular betting sport for many reasons and it’s nice to see it used here to encourage people to give this game a go. A lot more needs to be done though to make a game worthwhile, so does this one have what it takes?
At first glance, you might not think so. You have a clear but very basic set of reels, with even the symbols looking rather bland. Behind the reels is just a fairly plain image of some racing, and I think they could have done quite a bit more here. Then there’s the reels. There are 5 of these with 3 rows which is pretty standard, but only 10 paylines and I really would have liked to have seen more here. Moving on, to get going you just need to spin the reels to try and get a winning combination from left to right using the base symbols. These are as follows, ranked in ascending order based on their value:
Free Spins Bonus. This is triggered by 3 or more Scatter symbols shown as a golden book. If you manage to land 3 of them you’ll get 10 free spins, 4 will give you 12 free spins and 5 will give you 25 free spins. Of course, like most Free Spins Bonuses there are some extra things on offer here. This comes in the form of expanding symbols. How does this work? At the beginning of the Bonus, a special symbol is selected. This special symbol will expand when it lands on the reels to fill the entire reel. It will only do this, however, when it can create at least one win. Furthermore, you can also retrigger the free spins by landing more Scatter symbols.
Wild. The Wild symbol in Bookie Of Odds slot works in a similar way to those in most games, but is actually more valuable, in my opinion at least. That’s because, as well as substituting for all other regular symbols in a winning combination, it also substitutes for the Scatter symbol. This helps you trigger the Bonus and get the maximum number of free spins as well as the payout that comes with landing them.
Respin. This is the other feature in the game which you can activate at the end of every base game spin. Simply choose to respin a reel as many times as you like, but each one of course comes at a cost. What’s more, you can only respins a maximum of 1 reel at a time. Wins will only be paid out if they include the resspun reel, and bet changes will deactivate the respins.
Bookie Of Odds slot from Microgaming looks pretty simple on the surface. The background is just a standing picture and the reels aren’t exactly fancy either. However, the features available here are pretty interesting. First, there’s the Wild symbol which can act as a Scatter symbol to help you trigger the Bonus, offering free spins and a cash reward for anywhere on the reel, increasing with the more you have. Then there’s the Respin Feature which you can activate whenever you like after a base game spin, which isn’t something you see that often. It can be useful depending on the other symbols on the board and if you play it right. I think that all of this combined makes for a pretty fun and rewarding game that stands out from the rest. I wish it looked a bit more exciting, but apart from that you should definitely give it a go. You can also check out some of Microgaming’s other slots here. Be sure to let us know what you think down in the comments section below.